Portland writer Monica Wood will channel the great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Wednesday afternoon.

Wood discusses the Longfellow sculpture at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Longfellow Square in Portland. Her talk is part of the Portland Public Art Committee’s Art in our Front Yard monthly discussion series. The series is designed to enlighten the community about the city’s collection of public art.

Wood, who grew up in Mexico in western Maine, has written several novels and a memoir, “When We Were the Kennedys.” Most recently, she wrote the play “Papermaker,” which premiered at Portland Stage in the spring. Her next novel, “The One-in-a-Million Boy,” is due in April.

In addition to talking about the sculpture, Wood will talk about the poet’s influence on her.

The cast-bronze statue memorializes America’s most famous 19th-century poet. Portland-born sculptor Franklin Simmons created it in Rome. It was dedicated Sept. 29, 1888.